Archive | February, 2013

Get Some Scars with Lux Lisbon

25 Feb

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To sum up Lux Lisbon in a few words, this is music you just want to keep listening to. Lux Lisbon’s unique brand of classic rock inspired Indie power pop is electrifying, stimulating, and infectious. The 5-piece band met in Nottingham University and has been creating sprawling melodies and anthemic harmonies since its inception. With a sound like the Killers and Muse, Lux Lisbon is powerful and they are not afraid to demonstrate it.

The band is made up of Stuart Rook – Vocals, Songwriting, Piano, Synths; Charlotte Austen – Vocals, Bass; Alastair Jones – Guitar; Johnny Colgan – Drums; Rob D’Ath – Guitar, Vocals. The band saps the full sound out of all of its instruments and vocals to create a theatrical, Spector-like wall-of-sound.

The band will release an EP called Get Some Scars on March 25 of this year, and below is a sampling of the four tracks from the EP. They will be touring the UK to support the release.

“Get Some Scars” begins with neat harmonies that transition into a steady beat. The vocals are spot on; a Brandon Flowers-like croon with deeper inflections. The chorus, featuring an amalgamation of voices, hooks the listener. Heck, the entire song has that effervescent, hooky quality that encompasses good pop songs. It makes you want to hit repeat when the song ends. But before it does, pay close attention to the skillful vocal layering at around 3:30 (“when I get to the gutter). Organized, contagious, and cool.

“Bullingdon Club” is heavier. The song is certainly more Muse-like. It is an ardent, Matchbox 20-like, heavy-hitter with all the qualities of a great power rock hit: effective electric guitar, tremendous vocal, well-placed synth, fast-paced percussion, and moving bass. This is one heck of a composition.

Keep track of Lux Lisbon: Website, Facebook, Twitter

 

 

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Chromeo Leading By Example

23 Feb

Everyone has a different take on where electronic music is and what it truly has to offer. A lot of people don’t think it has the same impact of other genres, but others love it more than anything. Personally, I think it has lagged a bit behind other genres because of its accessibility. Anyone can make electronic music with a keyboard, drum machine and software. You can even make it in your bedroom. With that in mind, I think some great artists unfortunately get clumped in with the garbage that doesn’t even deserve 15 seconds in the spotlight.

Chromeo, on the other hand, is doing everything right. Not only does the lead singer play guitar to the electric tracks, but also he writes great songs with memorable melodies and doesn’t let the electronics take away from songwriting. The band uses the format to make what it has stronger. Now if you’re someone who completely hates electronics (maybe you are just that stubborn), I am sorry – you’re missing out on a lot of possibilities. If, however, you loved the eighties and want something that falls between the music you love and your guilty pleasures – this is exactly what you’re looking for.

The Wizard of Norway – Christoffer Øien

20 Feb

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What kind of music can you expect from a 25-year-old singer/songwriter from a small fishing village in Norway? Did you guess enchanting folk with a hint of haunting strings laid over an enigmatic vocal? You did? Wow, good guess!

Christoffer Øien is a true find, and in a burgeoning musical world, he represents a perspicacious musician with tremendous ability that should be recognized by a global audience. Øien’s music is expansive folk; it mixes the style of some of Joe Purdy’s slower, lugubrious pieces with a mystical Radiohead flavor. The sound is bewitching, and one wants to continue listening to the wizard of Norway.

Let’s take a listen to two songs; the first a disturbing lullaby called “Sandman.”

The song is, well, creepy. It’s creepy in a good way. Øien clearly wants to elicit the feeling of an unsettling lullaby. Øien combines drawn out strings with light keys and acoustic guitar. The music culminates in a beautiful combination of strings that soothe the listener. His lyric is imaginative, and he sings such distinct lines as “it feels like rain, tastes like wine” and “it sounds like pain, but it’s all in my mind” Eerie and oddly enticing.

“The Wizard” begins with a plucked acoustic guitar and transitions to Øien’s unmistakable vocal. The song, like “Sandman” combines several influences, and, in some parts, almost takes the form as a gloomier early Coldplay composition. I can continue to search for Øien’s style in other musicians, but it may be wise to simply describe him as refreshingly original and tell you all to listen to more of his first album, Monster.

Check out his website, Facebook

Musical Autonomy – Atom Orr

18 Feb

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Christopher Hoffee’s journey in the enigmatic realm of music has eclipsed 20 years and shows no sign of slowing. Hoffee has played in three bands since 1990, but has achieved a level of comfort as a solo artist, Atom Orr. His most recent release, Galaxies With Long Yellow Curtains, came out last summer and features an intriguing collection of alt/rock pieces.

Atom Orr demonstrates an engaging pre-Indie style that focuses on captivating melodies and creative lyric. His maturity shines through the pieces, and the diversity of his music is refreshing; he strikes a pleasant combination between the Josh Joplin Group and REM. The music though remains fresh, a testament to Hoffee’s ability to take elements from the current musical climate and meld them into his own music; a collective autonomy – one born from perspicacious musicality and capability.

“Dive” is my favorite track from the album. It begins with subdued keys and percussion behind Hoffee’s gritty but dulcet voice. The space-like synth in the chorus helps the piece swoon well, and the strings create an ethereal aura that plays to the songs melodic efficacy. Simply, it is one damn enjoyable song, and you should check it, and Atom Orr, out!

Learn more about Atom Orr at the website.

Meet Mobley

15 Feb

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A well kept secret of this southern city (Austin, TX) is an up and coming band called Mobley. Aside for their stellar music and inspiring melodies, this alternative rock band puts on one of the most well rehearsed live show you will find in a bar scene; well, anywhere. Now just fresh off their new album “Young Adult Fiction,” you can find them on tour right now (If you live anywhere near one of these locations just buy tickets now.) What’s best is as these guys continue to write music, they get harder and harder to classify or compare to other artists. The band has really developed its music into a damn unique sound but not in the offsetting “I’m avante-garde and I want to prove that by acting artsy” kind of way. The band creates a great product that connects with you and makes you forget that the show was only part of your night.

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